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Bank to Pay $31M Redlining Settlement, DOJ’s Largest Ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department accused Los Angeles-based City National Bank on Thursday of discrimination by refusing to underwrite mortgages in predominately Black and Latino communities, requiring the bank to pay more than $31 million in the largest redlining settlement in department history. City National is the latest...

Dictos Wants to End Stain of Fresno’s Discriminatory Housing Covenants

Redlining, the practice of limiting where ethnic minorities could live and own property in local communities, has been a stain on Fresno's history for decades. Now, Fresno County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos wants to stamp out the remnants of the discriminatory practice in official records. In some cases, documents called covenants still...

‘White Flight’ Undermines Fresno Economy, Neighborhoods: Swearengin

The Urban Institute has published a mid-October interview conducted by Erica C. Poethig with former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. In the article "How local philanthropy is addressing Fresno, California’s severe economic inequities,"  Poethig, who is the institute's vice president and chief innovation officer, asks Swearengin: "What led to Fresno’s social...